Cancer Center Director
The Director of the WVU Cancer Institute (WVUCI) leads one of the “Signature Programs” selected by institutional leadership to address the region’s most pressing healthcare needs. The Director serves as the physician executive who has primary responsibility for all aspects of the clinical, research, educational, and prevention missions of the cancer program managed collaboratively under the auspices of WVU Medicine (WVUM) and WVU Health Sciences (WVUHS). In collaboration with the Vice President of Cancer Services and the Deans and Department Chairs from across the WVUHSC and WVU School of Medicine (SoM), the Director is responsible for patient access, the quality of care, programmatic growth, the coordination of services across the WVUM network, and the fiscal productivity of cancer services across the WVU Health System. WVUM promotes and the Director is responsible for maintaining and enhancing a culture of patient-centered multi-disciplinary care defining, measuring, evaluating, and continuously improving clinical outcomes. The Director ensures that WVUM programs meet the requirements of external certifying agencies including, but not limited, to the American College of Surgeons (ACoS), the American Joint Commission on Cancer (AJCC) and the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT). The Director appoints and works collaboratively with the Associate and Assistant CI Directors to maintain and improve the academic and educational environment and the infrastructure that supports the clinical, translational, population sciences, and basic research programs. The WVUCI models itself on the template developed for the delivery of cancer care and cancer focused research developed by the NCI and delineated in the NCI’s Cancer Center Support Grants (CCSG) guidelines. The Director leads a joint leadership committee that is responsible for integrating the organization’s clinical, academic, and research missions. The Director maintains, and extends mutually supportive relationships between the WVU Health System, the five schools that comprise WVU Health Sciences, WVU as a whole, and their constituents and business partners. The Director manages, in collaboration with Vice President of Cancer Services and the leadership of the WVU Foundation a development program that supplements the other financial resources of the program in support of the WVUCI mission. The Director represents the WVUCI with external stakeholders including professional organizations and community-based and governmental groups. Central to the role is the continuous assessment of the health care needs of the people residing in the state of West Virginia and the residents of adjacent states with a focus upon improving cancer related outcomes for all citizens of the region while optimizing relevant services to an Appalachian population whose residents often confront financial and geographic barriers to care.